Planet eStream has Changed Everything!

We replaced ClickView and instantly saved money. This money was invested in screens for digital signage which has reduced overall printing costs.Edd Talbot – Digital Learning Resource Developer, Blackburn College

Planet eStream, as the budget holder for all IT services, is one of the cheapest annual support and maintenance agreements I pay.Charles Mackworth – Director of Digital Services, Latymer Upper School, London

Other competitors are more than twice the price!Phil Tubman – E-Learning Consultant, Lancaster University

Planet eStream is the most economical video storage system that we have found!Andy Beddoe – Blended learning Manager, Hartpury College

Licensing is extremely affordable.Pete Benn – Network Manager, St Laurence School

Prior to using eStream we had subscriptions for BoB, Samsung Magic Info and MediaCore. These three platforms were costly and having one solution that meets all these needs at a reduced cost has saved us money but also the time it takes to administer and maintain numerous systems and supporting them which is just as valuable as saving money.Samir Patel – Learning Technologist, St Mary’s University Twickenham

The combination of features under the same subscription. We were looking at a recording platform and e-signage. Most companies offer these separately but with Planet eStream they are bundled together saving a significant amount of money. This was a key factor in purchasing eStream. Great value for money.Rodney Kain – Learning Resources Manager, Newham Victoria College

The wealth of content provided by the BBC alone via the Planet eStream Connect service outshines our library resources when it comes to video, and is a catalogue that is constantly updating, unlike DVDs. We have also saved money in the long run because the Planet eStream system has negated the need for multiple licences for TV recording, signage, lesson capture and 3rd party quiz plug-ins for our LMS.Ben Craig – e-Learning Co-ordinator, Reaseheath College

Planet eStream has provided a unified system for all our needs, meaning that we aren't spending time training staff on multiple different platforms, and we can invest time in a single platform.Alex Boswell – Production and Technical Manager, Downehouse School

Our previous digital signage system was the same cost as the eStream, but only covered 4 displays and no streaming functions. We use the signage system across multiple rooms for open evenings/days and can increase or decrease displays as we need. Streaming Videos into the VLE has improved access to the content, whereas before we would have had DVDs on a shelf, taking up space in the LRC. The whole system is excellent and we love it! We are very excited to have recently got the Connect license as well.Christopher Fry – ICT Service Manager, Sir John Deanes College

It is a great value product - having all the digitised video for the classroom is invaluable but then being able to run all the digital signage from the same product is a huge bonus! The cost savings with the digital signage are enough to pay for the annual subscription!Anthony Hutchings – Director of Music Productions, Windlesham School

The various components of Planet eStream would be much more expensive if implemented individually.Anthony Milgate – Director of IT, The Brit School

The digital signage is incredibly good value, other solutions cost the same as an entire Planet eStream subscription. James O’Reilly – IT Support Manager, Sacred Heart High School, Hammersmith

Our previous digital signage system was the same cost as the eStream, but only covered 4 displays and no streaming functions. We use the signage system across multiple rooms for open evenings/days and can increase or decrease displays as we need. Streaming Videos into the VLE has improved access to the content, whereas before we would have had DVDs on a shelf, taking up space in the LRC. The whole system is excellent and we love it! We are very excited to have recently got the Connect license as well.Christopher Fry – ICT Service Manager, Sir John Deanes College

We had a separate digital signage system that cost us annually but since we have had Planet eStream that cost has reduced significantly.Kamran Khan – Senior ICT Technician, Levenshulme High School

In digital signage, the cost of one system has saved us money where previously we would needed several systems to cover the areas we need.Jason Pace – ICT Manager, Paignton Zoo

Much Cheaper than the alternatives and includes free Live Streaming and Signage. We have been able to ditch our existing, dated signage solution.Steve Barrett – Network Manager, Lord Wandsworth School

We replaced ClickView and instantly saved money. This money was invested in screens for digital signage which has reduced overall printing costs.Edd Talbot – Digital Learning Resource Developer, Blackburn College

A great deal of paper has been saved by using the Planet eStream digital signage system, additionally signs across the campus can be changed in an instant in order to get new / important messages out.Christopher Barnard – Director of Future Technologies, Abraham Darby Academy

Instant uploads, allows the college to display custom messages instantly via the Planet eStream content management system back-end. Our digital displays has saved money on unnecessary printing.Richard Dadi – Graphic Designer, Harrow College

Provision of online resources decreases staff time spent on dealing with student enquiries regarding content that would have previously been provided on physical media.Elina Vasina – Technician, LRC Centre, Newcastle University

The Librarian has been able to put together an outstanding collection of Shakespeare recordings that has been heavily used by both the English and the Drama departments in the school. A lot of these recordings are either impossible to find as DVDs or prohibitively expensive. Furthermore, since DVD technology is becoming obsolete, the librarians have been progressively replacing all the DVDs in the library with Planet eStream Recordings. This has the advantage of giving 24/7 access to this content and have multiple viewers at the same time. Our Modern Languages Department has also done something similar - when students needed to view a particular subtitled movie for their coursework, previously they used to buy multiple DVDs copies, with the added drawback of having to find space to store these class sets.B Ferramosca – Head Librarian, King’s College School, Wimbledon

Had a lot of requests for certain DVDs or resources that can be found on Planet eStream Connect. Having access to that content allowed us to forego purchasing DVDs that are hard to get hold of and would prove costly if bought in bulk.Daniel Hall – Digital Learning Facilitator, Salford City College

The provision of Planet eStream Connect has significantly widened the availability of content from the BBC through the BBC Digital Archive, and from other sources through the Connect Beacon community. This has allowed us to provide rich content to a large number of students from a single source, rather than purchasing multiple copies of media to provide sufficient coverage e.g. a single recording of the film 'Of mice and men' is now available to ALL GCSE English students, at a time and place that suits them!Paul Connor – Learning Resources Technologist, Bath College

The Connect area provides us with material we would normally have had to purchase.James O’Reilly – IT Support Manager, Sacred Heart High School, Hammersmith

Costs of buying cassettes and replacing video recorders has greatly reduced, also, we no longer have a birds nest of cables at every desk.Matthew May - Information Technology Manager, King Edward’s School Bath

We spend less money on buying in videos.Karen Markham – Director of Teaching and Learning, Barnsley College

I often get asked to supply resources which can quite often be found on Planet eStream using the Connect service.Karen Miles – Learning Resources Centre Assistant, Peter Symonds College

Being able to record films and edit the sections that are needed. Rather than buying multiple copies of the same DVD.Rose King – IT Technician, Loreto College

Saves money on buying DVDs. We actually sold all of our DVDs to Music Magpie for a profit!Jade Heslin – E-Learning Facilitator, Salford City College

Planet eStream is simple to use, so recording is a quick process, saving staff time and resources (no more copying to DVDs which then go missing). Time = money, so it's a no brainer!Audrey Stranders – Head of Learning Centres, Havering College

Reduces the need for buying individual video resources through the Library budget.Helen Sherwood – Senior Librarian, Wakefield College

Planet eStream Connect resources to purchase would have cost a lot, whereas they are included in Planet eStream.Craig Worcester – Network Engineer, Sutton Valence School

I work in the Library and the cost of buying DVDs has significantly dropped now departments use Planet eStream resources instead.Trudi Stephenson – Learning Facilitator, Ashton Sixth Form College

We don't have to buy lots of series on DVD, or get the AV Tech to find them for us.R Bowen – Assistant Head – Digital Strategy, Headington School

We created space by digitising resources.E Thomas – Headmistress, Abbotshill School

Planet eStream has saved us money by saving staff time in uploading and locating video materials.Simon Forster - Web Designer, Leeds College of Building

The fact that Planet eStream has Streaming, Video on Demand, Customisation, Categorisation, etc. has given the University a strong tool for their multimedia resources inside the same platform without third parties. The University previously had to provide its own technical support in all of these areas and this approach has saved us a lot of money.Jose-Alfredo Averanga, Universidad De La Sabana

Planet eStream has saved money in a time sense for the IT department, teachers are now able to access and schedule their own downloads and add them to the VLE.Lee Richardson - IT Service Manager, Solihul School

Planet eStream is time saving, therefore cost saving.Hugh Vaughan - E-Learning Technologist, Guildford College

Planet eStream is simple to use, so recording is a quick process, saving staff time and resources (no more copying to DVDs which then go missing). Time = money, so it's a no brainer!Audrey Stranders - Head of Learning Centres, Havering College

Previously, we had to follow a process of loaning of DVDs for module assignments, if only a few copies of a DVD can be provided for a larger number of students, there is significant staff time needed to manage this (keep up with returns/provision, maintain resources, manage student inquiries, etc.). Providing students online access to the materials they need cuts this dramatically, also improves the student experience (i.e. students do not need to plan around scarce resources).Elina Vasina – Technician LRC Centre, Newcastle University

When teachers wanted to post videos they made for their classes it was a huge, time-consuming process. With Planet eStream the process is so simple and fast!Lisa Loewenkamp – Tech Leader, Greeneville City Schools

Because our staff can produce their own teaching/support material to one centralized location and they can import the videos to Moodle by themselves.Ilkka Kukkonen – Digital Learning Specialist, Pelastusopisto (Emergency Services College) Finland

Teachers are able to find relevant subject specific resources using Planet eStream Connect at their leisure - gone are the days of asking the tech team if they can get a show from iPlayer!Ben Craig – e-Learning Co-ordinator, Reaseheath College

Planet eStream is so easy and intuitive to use, even academics who are challenged with other educational systems can use this system seamlessly, and thus reducing the support calls to the IT Service Desk.Charles Mackworth – Director of Digital Services, Latymer Upper School

Planet eStream has saved time because it’s so easy to use when planning teaching.Karen Markham – Director of Teaching and Learning, Barnsley College

Staff can now provide high quality practical demonstrations to students on an on-demand basis. This ultimately saves time for the staff because they do not need to repeat tasks, and students can use QR codes situated next to equipment to get an instant reminder on how to use it effectively.Neil Prior – Head of E-learning – Berkshire College of Agriculture

The integration of Planet eStream with our Moodle environment has reduced many hours of admin time for the Learning Technology and AV teams as we no longer have to produce guides, run workshops or deal with 1-2-1 meetings to show academics how to upload videos or convert video formats before uploading them to Moodle. It is now a simple operation of uploading them to Planet eStream and having the option to embed them directly in Moodle.Samir Patel – Learning Technologist, St Mary’s University Twickenham

We are able to live stream events from our schools and classrooms without involving a district level tech. We are also able to share our student news broadcasts much easier.Larry Jones – IT Network Administrator, Greeneville City Schools Tennessee USA

Has allowed staff to quickly and easy upload content then embed in our blackboard environment. This has dramatically cut down ICT's workload and allowed staff to feel confident publishing media content.Robert Tipling – ICT Support Officer, University of Worcester

Using the digital signage to quickly update students with important messages.Hussein Lorgat – Senior Systems Administrator, Blackburn College

Sharing photos from our large events has been incredibly easy. We've been able to share photos within 24 hours instead of several weeks before.Mark MacInnes – Teacher of Computing, Trinity School Nottingham

Recording is very easy and a major time saver compared with scheduling broadcasts, downloading them to hard drives and then converting to DVDs. Another added benefit is that having our recordings on a platform means that recorded content is no much safer from damage, loss and theft.Graeme Hodge – Library Services Manager, NESCOT

An external partner is able to upload large video files directly to Planet eStream without having to pass them on to our organisation first.Mari Fflur – Publications Officer, Coleg Cymraeg

Integrating media content into our VLE (Moodle) courses is now so much easier through embedding from a central source. This has meant that a single piece of media can be easily and quickly used in multiple Moodle courses to target groups of learners without them having to switch between platforms (Moodle and eStream).Paul Connor – Learning Resources Technologist, Bath College

Integration with Moodle makes it so much quicker to add video content.Audrey Stranders – Head of Learning Centres, Havering College

The ability for our students to carry out video assessments and our staff to give video/audio feedback through the Planet eStream Moodle Plugins has cut time for all parties, including external verifiers.Chris Chapman – VLE Applications Developer & IT Lecturer, Exeter College

Integration within Canvas means that tutors can embed eStream videos quickly and easily. This saves time when preparing the digital learning hours.Daniel Hall – Digital Learning Facilitator, Salford City College

Embedding the media into our Firefly VLE is a great help.James Watson – Senior AV/Communications Engineer, Marlborough College

Planet eStream connect provides a vast library of content in one place allowing you to quickly find and add content to Planet eStream.Simon Judd – IT Technician, St Faith’s School

Being able to get video content of TV shows that have already aired is a great time saver.Lee Richardson – IT Server Manager, Solihul School

Teachers can record and access TV programmes independently, without having to wait for the completion of a centralised procedure.Felicity Kinnersley – Academic ICT Assistant, Felicity Kinnersley – Academic ICT Assistant Millfield School

Freeview recordings used to be scheduled manually on request by central staff...now lecturers can easily locate and record programmes on their own...even programmes that have already been shown.Ronnie Gibson – Senior Infrastructure Analyst Developer, University of Strathclyde

Instead of manually recording television programmes to DVD or VHS tape, these can be scheduled using Planet eStream with a few clicks of the mouse, by any member of staff - this has saved time for library staff who previously recorded programmes of interest.Chris Boon – Senior ILT Support Analyst, City College Norwich

With the ability for teachers to upload their own content and search for TV programmes without having to ask for AV/IT support in order to do so, this has saved time and vastly improved the use of our media server and content.Alex Boswell – Production and Technical Manager, Downehouse School

Having the ability to quickly edit recordings allows teachers to create focused video resources for students, thereby allowing them to concentrate on the salient aspects of the recording for their studies. This has the benefit of increasing student engagement whilst preventing them from otherwise wasting valuable learning time and becoming distracted with less relevant content.Paul Connor – Learning Resources Technologist, Bath College

Teachers are using the interactive functionality to create videos with rich content and text to explain the moving image and increase the learning experience for students.Charles Mackworth – Director of Digital Services, Latymer Upper School, London

By helping to find content relevant to the course easily and embed direct into the VLE. We use the chapter points to direct students to the relevant parts of the video and it is currently used extensively by MFL.Christopher Fry – ICT Service Manager, Sir John Deane College

We used video from Planet eStream Connect in our Business class - assignments produced as a result had much higher marks than previous assignments which didn't use video content.Trudi Stephenson – Learning Facilitator, Ashton Sixth Form College

By being able to put the library training videos in a widget and embedding this in multiple Moodle sites for aggregation of content across the VLE SpacesPhil Tubman – E-Learning Consultant, Lancaster University

By supporting simulation pedagogy with recorded learning activities.Ilkka Kukkonen – Digital Learning Specialist, Pelastusopisto (Emergency Services College) Finland

We have been working with two students for over a year to deliver instructional videos aimed at their peers, showing them how to eat on a budget. The students who we are working in partnership with are Nutrition students and they are using the interactive video elements to overlay nutritional information and to quiz viewers on the benefits of certain ingredients or the dishes that they are making. This has made what could be another generic cooking tutorial into something more informative, educational and engaging for new students and returning students alike. This concept has been presented at an external conference and a collaborative partnership has developed to include the resources in a new app to be developed.Samir Patel – Learning Technologist, St Mary’s University Twickenham

Our Drama department has been extremely active in using Planet eStream, students have been able to record short drama training sessions of each other, and they have uploaded them on Planet eStream. Because it is so easy to circulate the link, the whole class has been able to give feedback on the video performances under the teacher's supervision. It also has the advantage of creating a mini-database just for Drama that can be used in the future to provide useful examples.B Ferramosca – Head Librarian, King’s College School Wimbledon

The students love Planet eStream as they can get a lot of resources from it and they can access it anywhere they want. It is really popular in our school and they even get involved in sharing resources via the digital signage.Kamran Khan – Senior ICT Technician, Levenshulme High School

Floristry demonstrations which have been recorded and added to our Planet eStream platform have enabled learners to re-visit techniques, and with the use of the quiz editor, we have been able to prompt learners at key parts of the process, ensuring when practical and assignment work is undertaken, the outcomes are of a professional standard.Ben Craig – e-Learning Co-ordinator, Reaseheath College

The ability to securely and quickly showcase the work of media studies and English pupils has had a positive impact on pupil engagement.Felicity Kinnersley – Academic ICT Assistant, Millfield School

Pupils find creating presentations using Planet eStream motivating as the end result is more engaging and of a higher 'professional' quality.Anthony Hutchings – Director of Music Productions, Windlesham School

Students who are asked to do a presentation in class often have this recorded and uploaded to Planet eStream for them to watch and reflect on afterwards; this allows students to build on their presentation skills and reflect on their performance.Chris Boon – Senior ILT Support Analyst

And a Whole Lot More...

Planet eStream is a world-class solution for school districts looking for a unified video platform. The ability to use one solution for video presentation, digital signage, and student engagement via the quiz functionality of Planet eStream is an absolute game changer for our district. From our perspective, school districts should consider any other "solution" as distant also-rans. Our experience with Planet eStream has been world-class from the outset. Implementation was simple and required little input from district personnel. Whenever I have had a question, support has replied to me with a solution in a timely manner even though they are five time zones away from me. This solution is absolutely what you have been looking for. This is a world-class solution supported by world-class people. You must look at, and adopt, this solution. You will love working with the Planet eStream team. They know what they are doing and are passionate about delivering content to any user on any device. Larry Jones IT Network Administrator, Greeneville City Schools, Tennessee USA

Planet eStream has been one of the most popular ICT investments the school has made. Our teaching staff love Video on Demand across the school, the ease and speed at which broadcast programmes are made widely available and being able to schedule their own recordings. Jonathan Haves, ICT Development Director, Manchester High School for Girls

Possibly my favourite system ever! We invested in this system over 6 years ago now and it has made everything we do with video so much easier. It's very reliable and the support from the team on the rare occasions we need help is exemplary. Caroline Pearce – Learning Technologist Bishop Grosseteste University

We chose Planet eStream after systematically assessing several different solutions which would allow us to host and run our own streaming service. We saw Planet eStream as the only solution which met all our requirements, and had brilliant potential to really enhance the ILT use at College. Naomi Elliott, Head of Library & Learning Resources, Bath College

I was so honored to attend BETT this year for the first time. One specific solution need that I had identified prior to entering the massive exhibit hall was that of a high-quality video solution for our district. While there were several from which to choose at the conference, I kept returning to the Planet eStream booth and quickly identified it as a best-in-class solution. Upon returning to the United States, I further engaged with the great people at Planet eStream and we invested in the solution as a pilot project. Without a doubt, I see this video platform as a phenomenal "game-changer" for the education market. Our teachers and students were able to begin using it immediately. The number of live streaming events immediately increased. We have found the solution easy to learn and simple to utilize. Finally! A video platform that does not require us to focus on the solution . . . instead, we can focus on the learning! I just cannot wait to see the amazing things our students and educators will accomplish using these fabulous new tools! Beverly Miller , Assistant Director for Schools of Administration and CTO, Greeneville City Schools, Tennessee USA

Planet eStream has completely transformed the way we create, record and share video resources across all departments. Teachers often arrive in college saying, ‘I saw a great programme last night which I’d like to share with the class – can you find it?’ With Planet eStream, we can accommodate this kind of request instantly. We now record double the number of TV programmes and we have seen Freeview viewings increase by 313% and video recording viewings by 229%, over two years," Planet eStream really has completely changed the way we teach. We’re a forward looking organisation, always keen to embrace new teaching methods. Planet eStream has enabled us to do everything we’ve wanted to do – and more. Naomi Elliott, Head of Library & Learning Resources, Bath College

A significant proportion of our students’ learning is practical. We needed a solution that would fundamentally transform our recorded performance library system, turning it into one that could be embedded in our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and accessed by staff and students on demand. Mark Soole, Head of ICT Services, Royal College of Music

We now have the capability to transform our assessment practices by enabling students to plan, film and edit their own short videos, which could demonstrate new knowledge, skills or behaviours. Not only is this a more engaging method for students but it helps develop valued employability and transferable skills. These videos can then be reused as model examples the following year, which will help to inspire even more creativity.Neil Prior, Head of E-Learning, Berkshire College of Agriculture

The Planet eStream team is extremely innovative and takes a true partnership approach to delivery, guiding us through every step along the way. They have been very supportive of our strategy for implementing new teaching methods, and the system has given us different ways to teach and also to assess work Planet eStream has certainly opened our eyes and we are learning all the time about new ways in which it can continue to support the evolution of our teaching and learning over the coming years. Alicia McConnell, Head of Learning Technology, University of East Anglia

Teaching staff have praised the ease with which they can rename or delete videos and create playlists and chapters, which in turn enables them to structure individual lessons to suit specific learning goals. It is also easy to add notes and other resources to videos to create composite lessons. Donna Vaughan, Curriculum Services Team, C2k NI

The absolute beauty of Planet eStream is that it is an incredibly sophisticated product, which is also very easy to use. At its simplest level, it makes media storage and sharing easy, but you can also dive deeper and use more complex tools to create and share content and bespoke learning resources.Cat Scutt, Head of Learning Technology and Innovation, Girls’ Day School Trust

It’s very easy to use. I record the lectures using the Planet eStream Encoder Application on my laptop which is connected to the smart board, and then upload the recording via the Moodle VLE plugin. I can also attach practice assessment questions and model answers for students to access outside lectures for enhanced learning. The feedback I have received from students has been very positive; they say they find it useful to hear me verbalise topics which can be difficult to understand by reading a textbook or lecture notes.Karen Glide, Lecturer in Accounting Studies, Somerset College

Before Planet eStream we did not have a reliable Blackboard-integrated platform to stream media to students that could accommodate the full diversity of devices and hardware they employed. This constituted a barrier to efforts to deliver genuinely flipped learning. Now that we have Planet eStream we are seeing an explosion of creativity from our lecturers as they expand their delivery online and use the time freed to really engage with their students in face to face time.Alicia McConnell – Head of Learning Technology – University of East Anglia

Moving to Chrome Books and chrome Boxes was a challenge as some traditional methods of delivering video did not work. Planet eStream solved those problems for us. Because it is something we have control over we can ensure that the content is always appropriate and safe for our students. The ability to use planet eStream to record video tutorials and screencasts is fantastic as it empowers all staff to create these easily for their students. It is no exaggeration to say that video in our school is an essential part of our teaching and learning toolkit and is used by all 200+ staff and over 2000 students. Planet eStream is our reliable method of hosting and delivering that video.Phil Spoors – Assistant Head Teacher – Cramlington Learning Village

The live streaming functionality has proved particularly useful to us when lecturers are required to deliver presentations abroad but don’t have the time to commit to travelling.
A great example recently was a climate change conference in New Orleans. Planet eStream helped us practise what we preach in front of a delegation of 4,000 people, where we streamed the inaugural lecture from our Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy, Corinne Le Quere, live to conference delegates in the USA via our TV studio on campus in Norwich.
Testament to the quality of the broadcast is the fact that a member of the audience in the US tweeted about the event, assuming that Corinne was there in the room! Visibly saving the carbon impact of real-time travel was a feather in our cap, too, particularly as the conference was about reducing carbon footprints.Sean Thompson, Studio Technical Team Leader at University of East Anglia


Across school, engaging content delivered through the eSign system has raised the profile of extra- curricular activities, resulting in an increased participation level. The visually striking signage has impressed visitors, effortlessly conveying essential information such as room locations and directions.Sam Adams – ICT Technician – Oxford Spires Academy

Planet eSign is used daily to provide vital information to our school community. We have found that students really enjoy seeing themselves and their peers on the televisions, it is a great way to grab the attention of the students and to keep them informed of current affairs. We also use eSign to publish our daily lunch menu, the location of our daily clubs, and as a way for the Head Teacher to address the school. The use of Twitter Feeds have also had a dramatic impact with teachers tweeting the latest scores of sporting events, and the Head Teacher tweeting latest school news, these forms of communication have revolutionised the way live news is output throughout the school, everyone feels more informed. As a relatively new school, the Planet eStream service is a fairly new acquisition for us, but it is an acquisition that has really delivered. We have succeeded in engaging the attention of our school community, and Planet eSign has now become a key form of communication throughout the whole school.Richard Ray – Strategic ICT Consultant Gildredge House School, Eastbourne

Using the signage, we can promote events to new visitors who might not be reached via our traditional marketing channels. We have used the signage to communicate information about a range of different events, such as the open days and lambing events. It has given us an additional platform from which we can raise awareness among the general public about our broader service offering and facilities.Lucy Tippetts, Learning Technologist, Kingston Maurward College

We have a strong record of sourcing high quality guest speakers for our students, and Planet eStream gives us the ability to reuse this contextualised, valuable and inspirational content to future students. For some of our higher profile speakers we can also stream the content live on our website, which obviously has a high marketing potential for our College.Neil Prior – Head of E-learning – Berkshire College of Agriculture

We wanted a cost effective, versatile and multi-user driven Digital Signage System for our brand new David Hockney Campus Building and the Planet eStream Signage System perfectly fits the bill.Bradford College

We pull in bus timetable feeds, which are displayed on digital signs on campus to help students plan their journeys, and we also use the signage to link to our ‘My PC’ system, which highlights PCs that are available for student use.Kirklees College

We have 5 TV screens around the school building and we regularly use Planet eSign to communicate messages to our school community. This includes guests in reception, staff in our staffroom and to the students on the other 3 screens which are located in the frequently populated social areas of the school such as the canteen.Manchester Academy

We love the Planet eStream system, and our students have really engaged with it. It enables us to maximise learning both inside and outside the classroom. The Planet DV team always responds quickly, and we’ve had a really positive experience of working with them.Caroline Winship, E-Learning Coordinator, Loughborough Endowed Schools

Thanks to Planet eStream, we were able to live stream events via the VLE to ensure all students could get involved, talks were shown on interactive whiteboards across both campuses, which gave the event far greater reach than we could otherwise have offered. It was a huge success.Neil Spaxman, Information Learning Technology & Web Manager, Kirklees College

For the majority of departments and students, Planet eStream is embedded in the way a lot of our subjects are taught. It has completely changed the way we teach in a relatively short space of time. All of our departments are using Planet eStream in some way or other and staff and students have benefitted from it across the board.Naomi Elliott, Head of Library and Resources, Bath College

We have seen cross-curricular benefits to the eStream service, where students have taken research from Humanities lessons and created content in media and art. Oxford Spires Academy introduces year 7 students to secondary education through the War Horse project, which brings together learning from different subject areas, culminating in the creation of a podcast-style video. The iPad app supports teaching outcomes by enabling user-created content and empowering students to demonstrate their learning.Sam Adams – ICT Technician – Oxford Spires Academy

I am currently working on a group of modules on our VLE that are relevant to all of the students within Doncaster College and the local community. I have been using Planet eStream Connect to search for shows shot in Doncaster, making them more relevant to the students, who are more invested in the content because they recognise the locations and people.Joe Carratt, Learning Technology Support Assistant, Doncaster College

Being able to cut through extraneous material, take the precise video clip that illustrates a concept and make it available in lessons or embed it exactly where you need it in a virtual learning environment (VLE) is fantastic. Not only is the content exactly where the students need it, but it has the added benefit of keeping students on task within the VLE, rather than sending them to external websites.Berkshire College of Agriculture

We embed video into Firefly and then add comprehension questions on the same page, this gives students the ability to have an introduction to the next lesson and the questions can form the basis of differentiation in the next lesson.Royal High School Bath

We record our lessons and post them to our VLE for students to catch-up or revise from.College of Animal Welfare

The sports department also films matches and coaching sessions, which they then review back in class. The ability to carry out practical game analysis collectively and bring tutors’ feedback to life through live examples is incredibly valuable, and truly enhances learning.Neil Prior, Head of E-Learning, Berkshire College of Agriculture

The system offers us so much scope, and exploring the full range of its capabilities and developing its use across the college is an ongoing focus for us. Feedback from staff and students continues to be incredibly positive, and Planet eStream is certainly playing a key role in helping us enhance the student learning experience.Mandy Overton, Library Technologies Coordinator, Somerset College

Planet eStream offers everything the school needs: It is such a comprehensive system. We found a number of products that could support some of the capabilities we needed, but Planet eStream was the only one that pulled everything together in an easily accessible and complete package. It does everything we need it to do, and more. I am delighted to be able to offer and promote this product at school because it does enhance teaching and learning.Robert Berry – Head of ICT – Royal Grammar School Worcester

The new Planet eStream Connect service is invaluable for all departments as the BBC has been creating brilliant programmes for many years and combining all of these programmes into one site is a new experience that can only benefit our teaching and learning.JFS School, London

It’s not just video, the chaptering and commenting of videos and audio in a controlled environment is great. Splitting off a chapter to focus students has been great for work especial extension work in the library, and English and a huge boost to independent research and learning.White Rose Academies Leeds

Both Planet eStream and eSign are now integral to our daily life in school, they have both proved to be excellent, reliable and innovative products that have allowed us to extend our capabilities. The software is always intuitive and attractive to use, and has never let us down.Stuart Davidson – Heworth Grange Comprehensive and Arts College

Planet eStream has become part of life here. More and more staff and students are using it, and discovering the huge variety of functionality the system offers – from recording TV programmes through to changing the way assignments are assessed.Naomi Elliott, Head of Library and Resources at Bath College

We were able to live stream and share our spring chorus concert with students’ family members around the world. This year our Chorus celebrated the multicultural backgrounds of its members through song, so it was amazing to see our concert viewed from Hesse, Germany, Mexico City, and Beijing. Nikita Stephens, Library Media Specialist, Tusculum View Elementary Greeneville City Schools TN

We have up to 500 medical students in a variety of locations attending one class. The lecturer needs to be able to present live to them all and control several different rooms. Planet eStream’s live encoder is proving to be a vital part of successful learning delivery in this environment.Juha Eskelinen, Chief Information Officer, University of Eastern Finland

Planet eStream’s live streaming capabilities meant that we could share the wonderful work the girls were doing during our Young Leaders’ Conference far more widely than we otherwise would have been able to, making events like this accessible to pupils in other Trust schools magnifies learning opportunities, and also means that parents and the wider school community who are unable to travel to events can be part of them.Cat Scutt, Head of Learning Technology and Innovation, Girls’ Day School Trust

Planet eStream came just at the right time. It was installed and up and running just in time for us to capture footage of the delivery of our 23 pianos, which was a spectacular sight. This was live streamed with Planet eStream via the Loughborough Endowed Schools’ community website so that our entire school community could be part of the excitement. We also live streamed the celebration concert. Capturing this one-off event was so important to us and Planet eStream has helped us create a visual account which will go down in the schools’ history.Caroline Winship, E-Learning Coordinator, Loughborough Endowed Schools

We have streamed concerts live across Europe with visiting choirs from Austria and Sweden and sent video messages from our pupils to our linked school in Taiwan. And guests now stand and watch our Reception screen to read the latest school news and view videos of recent activities.Jonathan Haves, ICT Development Director, Manchester High School for Girls

As many of our students’ families aren’t based here in the UK, live streaming concerts and performances means that they can stay connected and watch their family members perform without having to travel, which is incredibly valuable.Royal College of Music

We have recently recorded two talks by local politicians, both of which have been made available to students via Planet eStream. The ability for all staff and students to access video material across allsix of our sites and the fact that they can view them from home has been a big winner. We plan to roll out other features, including live broadcast over the next few months.Coleg Cambria

Not only is Planet eStream helping departments meet the 10% online FELTAG requirements, but it is also proving to be a very valuable learning tool throughout the college.Neil Spaxman, Information Learning Technology and Web Manager, Kirklees College

People are saying that they find the ability to link to videos on Planet eStream from the Fronter VLE very useful, and also that they see potential for the playlist and chapter features to ultimately enable entire lessons to be delivered online, making the idea of Courseware relevant in their schools.Donna Vaughan, Curriculum Services Team, C2k NI

The LTU team has a mission to provide staff and students with easy access to information and Planet eStream has been instrumental in facilitating this. Several departments now record practical skills demonstrations and classroom teaching and add their recordings to Planet eStream for learners to view on demandRobert Hutton, LTU Manager, Barnsley College

Planet eStream gives staff and students access to our full performance archive, which includes general reference resources as well as recordings of student performances, all recordings are uploaded to Planet eStream along with metadata information about the performers, title, composer and conductor, as well as the individual recording location and date. Being able to catalogue our material on Planet eStream in this way is incredibly valuable and makes it very easy to access. Mark Soole, Head of ICT Services, Royal College of Music

The recent FELTAG recommendations include explicit references to implementing online learning in Further Education, which is still a bit of a mystery for many practitioners as to how they might do this. Planet eStream enables our staff to easily structure learning activities (Moodle forums, quizzes, wiki etc.) around sections of Freeview content, recorded and clipped into Chapters. These learning activities can be delivered outside of the classroom (homework or directed study) to support the essential lower order thinking around a subject or concept, which can then be discussed, analysed and evaluated in class through lecturer facilitation. Neil Prior – Head of E-learning – Berkshire College of Agriculture

Planet eStream forms an integral part of the school's internal and external digital and web strategy: We wanted a system that would help deliver the school's digital strategy and evolve with our needs. Planet eStream is an impressive solution. Robert Berry – Head of ICT – Royal Grammar School Worcester

The College has recorded a range of teachers delivering outstanding lessons and uploaded them to Planet eStream so that other teachers can view good practice in action. Robert Hutton - LTU Manager- Barnsley College

Teaching and coaching staff also use eStream to display and share videos with examples of good practice, so users can be confident they are getting the correct information from a trusted source. The Sports department has even had their students record each other practicing skills, upload the videos to eStream, and then create chapters describing and analysing each skill they performed. Naomi Elliott – Head of Library & Learning Resources – City of Bath College

Our schools are geographically dispersed, and technology provides significant opportunities for us to collaborate and share best practice – something which is very important to us. Planet eStream is enabling us to do this. Cat Scutt, Head of Learning Technology and Innovation, Girls’ Day School Trust

Because of the hands-on, practical nature of the majority of our courses, we wanted a system that would allow us to upload video footage of physical learning in action and embed it into our Moodle VLE as a learning aid. Planet eStream has already been absolutely key to us in helping our students develop specific practical skills and is now a proven resource for showcasing best practice, at the click of a button. Lucy Tippetts, Learning Technologist, Kingston Maurward College

The staff in our agriculture department have been able to access a whole host of programs, most notably the "Harvest" programs, enabling staff to use the Planet eStream Connect content to look at different years and different harvest methods, and due to the span of programs available, they are able to look at changes in culture and technology throughout the years. The biggest curriculum area to have benefitted from the service is the animal management department. As the BBC have a huge collection of wildlife and animal programs (all accurate and high quality), the staff in Animal management have been requesting large amounts of programs to be used within the classroom for examples, as well as whole TV shows to be used in conjunction with blended learning, enabling our learners to work both independently and collaboratively outside of the classroom. Planet eStream Connect is a fantastic resource. The most important elements are the speed and ease of access, and the guaranteed quality that the BBC delivers. Ben Craig, e-Learning Coordinator, Reaseheath College

I teach English and, as soon as Planet eStream Connect was launched I started to make use of it in my teaching. It’s the most exciting resource I have used since I started teaching 18 years ago. Also, thanks to Planet eStream Connect, we have managed to find a BBC film about Cells which we currently only have on DVD and which was lost in the science department! Now we have it on eStream, we'll never lose it again, but also, teachers will be able to create chapters to show just the bit they want in a lesson. It is so much more flexible than a DVD. John Field, Director of Digital Learning - Tudor Hall School

I'm really pleased we have the Planet eStream Connect facility. It gives students of MFL a really rich resource which will help them in so many ways. The variety and quantity of programmes and films now easily available to all students, wherever they may be, will have a huge impact on their study of languages. Their listening and speaking skills will be developed and their awareness and understanding of many cultural and historical elements will also benefit. Not to mention the entertainment and enjoyment they will derive from watching some superb material. Linda, Modern Foreign Languages Department, Coleg Cambria

We now have a system which had over 9000 video views last academic year. Our staff have added 1200 of their own videos from VHS or the Freeview recording scheduler, making a total of 3000 videos. All the Planet eStream content is owned by us and managed without the threat of a subscription renewal. We have pupils in IT managing content for their own projects and well over 80 staff as system 'contributors'. Carl Wood Oakham School – Assistant Network Manager – Oakham School

Thanks to bespoke work undertaken by the Planet eStream development team and ASIMUT, we can now bring all the information about a concert and its performers straight from our scheduling system into Planet eStream and make it available instantly to our students and staff, and this gives us a constantly evolving and increasingly extensive archive of learning material. Without this integration the sheer volume of information would have been impossible to curate, so it really has been invaluable. Mark Soole, Head of ICT Services, Royal College of Music

Planet eStream is being widely used by the 40 lecturers involved in the flipped classroom programme. They are all regularly preparing lectures using eStream to embed video clips into our Moodle VLE as well as into Office 365 applications. Planet eStream makes this process very easy. Juha Eskelinen, Chief Information Officer, University of Eastern Finland

Being able to embed TV programmes, photosets and videos into Moodle has definitely widened our teaching scope. The fact that playlists are quick and easy to build using Planet eStream and then embed into Moodle is proving invaluable, too. Naomi Elliott, Head of Library and Resources, Bath College

Being able to cut through extraneous material, take the precise video clip that illustrates a concept and make it available in lessons or embed it exactly where you need it in a virtual learning environment (VLE) is fantastic. Not only is the content exactly where the students need it, but it has the added benefit of keeping students on task within the VLE, rather than sending them to external websites. We use the VLE for assignment submission and marking, too, and the Planet eStream Assignment Submission plugin enables students to upload assignments quickly and easily. It also allows staff to mark work, giving comments and feedback within the system, which makes marking more enjoyable and saves significant time. But it’s not just the learning element that we find incredibly useful. The integration between Moodle and Planet eStream give us tracking capabilities, which means we can monitor through the VLE which students have completed the pre-lesson work. For teaching staff, this is a very useful tool. Neil Prior, Head of E-Learning, Berkshire College of Agriculture

The system gives teaching staff a quick and easy way to showcase school event videos and pupil generated content. It also provides opportunities for pupils to share or exhibit their multimedia work, both with other schools and also with parents. Donna Vaughan, Curriculum Services Team, C2k NI

Teachers and students are making more and more use of mobile devices to create their own video content, and video has become an integral feature of learning within our schools. Planet eStream enables us to take things further by enhancing video creation, use and sharing within the schools network. Cat Scutt, Head of Learning Technology and Innovation, Girls’ Day School Trust

Planet eStream makes sharing video content so much easier, it’s easy for staff to pick up a mobile phone, create content, upload it to Planet eStream and embed it into the VLE and SOLA packs. The system is very easy to use, and the IT department is receiving far fewer support calls. It’s certainly helping us retain our position at the forefront of blended learning and our reputation as a forward looking, innovative institution. Neil Spaxman, Information Learning Technology & Web Manager, Kirklees College

Many departments are making use of content creation and sharing. The creative media department uses it constantly for recording and uploading – student groups might each perform their own take on the same play independently and then come together to discuss the different interpretations and performances. They also record a lot of content off campus and share it via eStream. Neil Prior, Head of E-Learning, Berkshire College of Agriculture

The ability to share both live and recorded footage with selected audiences outside the college enables us to connect with the general public in ways we never could previously. We recently uploaded a discussion via our public channel between brothers Julian and Andrew Lloyd Webber and Petroc Trelawny about the work of their composer father, William Lloyd Webber, ahead of a performance of his work at the Royal College of Music. The performance was subsequently streamed live and we are now able to access it on demand via our Planet eStream archive. Mark Soole, Head of ICT Services, Royal College of Music

The live streaming capability will be really useful to us, particularly to students who are boarders. We are able to share important events with their families such as sports day, lunchtime concerts and assemblies ensuring they feel connected with school life and the school community. Caroline Winship, E-Learning Coordinator, Loughborough Endowed Schools

We have streamed concerts live across Europe with visiting choirs from Austria and Sweden and sent video messages from our pupils to our linked school in Taiwan. And guests now stand and watch our Reception screen to read the latest school news and view videos of recent activities. Jonathan Haves, ICT Development Director, Manchester High School for Girls

We encourage students to come to lessons with a better understanding of the topic that is about to be discussed. A rather fun example of this flipped learning was during a recent Year 7 fairy cake- making competition. Our chef uploaded a tutorial video to Firefly via the Planet eStream app demonstrating how to make fairy cakes, so students came to the competition prepared. Caroline Winship, E-Learning Coordinator, Loughborough Endowed Schools

Planet eStream supports flipped learning by giving students bite-sized chunks of information to look at ahead of lectures. Students find the information easier to digest in this way, and also find it beneficial to be able to revisit the content as many times as they like, via whichever device they choose, to clarify and help embed learning. Juliet Harrison, Lecturer in Paramedicine, University of East Anglia

The next stage of Planet eStream delivery is currently in progress, and although the students have not been made aware of what is to come, the whole teaching staff are so excited at the potential of being able to provide a "Flipped Classroom environment" Richard Ray – Strategic ICT Consultant – Gildredge House School

Planet eStream is being widely used by the 40 lecturers involved in the flipped classroom programme. They are all regularly preparing lectures using eStream to embed video clips into our Moodle VLE as well as into Office 365 applications. Planet eStream makes this process very easy. Juha Eskelinen, Chief Information Officer, University of Eastern Finland

We assign students tasks where they are required to watch, review or analyse a resource as a pre- requisite before attending a timetabled lesson. This helps to ensure they have a foundation and conceptual understanding of the subject in question so we can do deeper and reinforce within the actual lesson. Truro and Penrith College

The creation of screencasts to demonstrate theory, principles and methods as well as concise and tailored didactic content. Not lecture capture as such, but video as an alternative to information delivery College of West Anglia

Many of our lecturers are now blending many teaching techniques and various technology's to make learning fun and innovative. Using traditional lecturing methods as well as use of recorded media on Planet eStream and getting students to record and upload their own content for assignments. University of Worcester

We use the VLE for assignment submission and marking, too, and the Planet eStream Assignment Submission plugin enables students to upload assignments quickly and easily. It also allows staff to mark work, giving comments and feedback within the system, which makes marking more enjoyable and saves significant time. Neil Prior, Head of E-Learning, Berkshire College of Agriculture

Our work-based learning team now uses Planet eStream extensively ‘in the field’ to assess students in apprenticeship roles in businesses. Instead of written observation, assessment evidence of apprentices taking minutes of meetings, taking phone calls and interacting with customers is routinely filmed on tablets, uploaded to Planet eStream and assessed on this basis. Naomi Elliott, Head of Library and Resources, Bath College

Planet eStream is also useful for assessing student progress. As part of our teacher training course, for example, we film students in a teaching environment when they are leading a lesson and we can use the footage to support assessments. Similarly, in Equine Studies, students are filmed during their riding assignments and are then able to review their performance via a secure platform. For those competing, it's an invaluable system that gives them the opportunity to improve their technique and posture. Lucy Tippetts, Learning Technologist, Kingston Maurward College

The ability to watch, schedule TV recordings and add new media through a mobile device is a testament to how Planet eStream keep their system at the forefront, always innovating and adding new features in line with modern media use. We are moving ever more towards using personal mobile devices and Planet eStream allows this to be implemented with ease, in a simple, convenient manner. Carl Wood – Assistant Network Manager – Oakham School

Access to our fantastic and bespoke online tools is enabled by the use of Google Chromebooks to replace our current Galaxy Tablet scheme. As we realise this vision Planet eStream is an essential part of it. Without this tool we would be unable to offer video on ‘all’ devices in the consistent and easily accessible way we intend. Phil Spoors – Assistant Head Teacher – Cramlington Learning Village

Teachers and students are making more and more use of mobile devices to create their own video content, and video has become an integral feature of learning within our schools. Planet eStream enables us to take things further by enhancing video creation, use and sharing within the schools network. Cat Scutt, Head of Learning Technology and Innovation, Girls’ Day School Trust

Elsewhere, the eStream system allows students to record video evidence for assessments. PE staff use iPads and iPhones to film student-led training sessions, clearly showcasing how students are meeting BTEC coursework criteria and making the moderation process a breeze. Sam Adams – ICT Technician – Oxford Spires Academy

It was imperative both for staff to have control over content without the need for a dedicated video manager, and for the product to be available online. We operate a school with a worldwide community of pupils, parents and staff. Planet eStream allows our pupils to use the system, any time of day and from anywhere as if they were sitting at school. In order to comply with the ERA+ guidelines, eStream has built in a very simple way of automatically limiting viewing to the UK for any TV recordings, but still allowing video with permitting licenses to be viewed worldwide. Carl Wood – Assistant Network Manager – Oakham School

The administration console really impressed us, too. The system has been set up to provide us with total control over who can view what, and peace of mind that the content we are creating and sharing remains secure. Mandy Overton, Library Technologies Coordinator, Somerset College

Because it is something we have control over we can ensure that the content is always appropriate and safe for our students. Phil Spoors – Assistant Head Teacher – Cramlington Learning Village

The ability to filter access through active directory groups has enabled colleagues to ensure content is suitable for different age groups and abilities. For example, the PSHE teachers are able to direct students to age appropriate resources by setting playlist controls. Sam Adams – ICT Technician – Oxford Spires Academy

Planet eStream lets us store, organise and share staff and student content within individual schools, across the network and at our central office. Crucially, it also enables users to control exactly who has access to that content," Cat says. "Its powerful and flexible administrative tools make sure content can be curated and made available to the appropriate group of users. Cat Scutt, Head of Learning Technology and Innovation, Girls’ Day School Trust

Our college has students spanning a wide range of ages and abilities, and safeguarding those students is high on our priority list. We're particularly keen to promote e-safety, and Planet eStream’s Moodle plugin has helped us contain virtual learning within the college. It enables us to monitor who is looking at what and when. Planet eStream gives the college complete control and peace of mind. Lucy Tippetts, Learning Technologist, Kingston Maurward College

YouTube can be hit and miss, but is only available to staff as we don't allow students to access it. Planet eStream allows students to access video content that has been deemed appropriate for use in the classroom. King Edwards School Bath